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General Football & Sports / Re: Nathan Ferguson Joins Crystal Palace
« on: July 28, 2021, 02:35:53 PM »
I may be ill informed here, but I thought, under Bowman Rules, when a players contract expired the club no longer held his registration.

I’m just hoping that because of his age when he left us, we can expect some compensation for his loss to the club that signed him.

This whole issue of young players running contracts down and clubs that have made a big investment in developing them needs reviewing.

General Football & Sports / Re: Nathan Ferguson Joins Crystal Palace
« on: July 28, 2021, 02:23:40 PM »
Just been on the Crystal Palace web site and Nathan is named in their squad and will wear the number 36 shirt.

I was a little confused when reading Palaces bio of Nathan (see below) when it said he joined them as a “free agent after his contract had expire”. Are we still expecting to receive a fee given their description of how he joined them?

Nathan Ferguson

One of the Championship's most highly rated defenders following his breakthrough season with West Bromwich Albion in 2019/20, Ferguson battled his way to fitness after signing for Palace in summer 2020.

Nathan Ferguson signed for Crystal Palace as the club's first arrival of the summer 2020 window, penning a contract until the end of the 2022/23 season.

Ferguson, then-19, joined as a free agent following his contract expiration at West Bromwich Albion, where he developed since the age of eight, rising through the Academy ranks.

Just a teenager, he had his breakthrough campaign in 2019/20, starting West Brom’s first game of the season in a 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest and grabbing an assist.

The following month, he netted his first and only senior Baggies goal in a 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers.

Ferguson continued to play regularly for West Brom until a knee injury curtailed his season after 21 appearances.

Before this, the young full-back rose through West Brom’s youth setup from the age of eight. He has also represented England at Under-18, U19 and U20 level - collecting one, three and four caps at the respective age groups.

Ferguson is happy to play across the backline, but, more specifically, he can operate in both full-back positions, where he is comfortable and assured.

He is right-footed but versatile on the pitch, with the passing vision to contribute to offensive passages - very much in the mould of the 'modern' full-back.

General Football & Sports / Re: Nathan Ferguson Joins Crystal Palace
« on: July 26, 2021, 04:11:08 PM »
Anyone have an update on where we are with this?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: What's the transfer budget?
« on: July 18, 2021, 12:38:38 PM »
I think we have a budget, but why alert potential sellers, who could djust fees upwards as a consequence.

Anyway, traditionally, we are always late to the market and pick up bargains  :D ;D :D ;D :D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: James Shan
« on: July 18, 2021, 11:54:31 AM »
Jimmy Shan has been appointed as Assistant Manager At Rochdale AFC

Best of luck Jimmy

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Stealing content from
« on: July 18, 2021, 10:18:08 AM »
If we know who he/she is and the forum he/she posts on, shouldn’t we be challenging him on his content so that his plagiarism is exposed to their members?

And to make it more effective and bring him into check, reveal who he is and the site and we could all then join for the purpose of outing him/her

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Laurie Cunningham
« on: July 15, 2021, 06:47:30 PM »
Today, is the 32nd anniversary of the passing of Laurie Cunningham.

R.I.P. Laurie, a true great and Albion Legend

General Football & Sports / Re: Cricket Loyalties
« on: July 15, 2021, 05:49:27 PM »
Born a Worcestershire man and remember such greats as Don Kenyon, Norman Gifford,  Basil D’Olivera, Imran Kan, Graham Hicks and even “Beefy” for a short time all gracing the picturesque New Road ground.

Ps. And how could I have omitted the great Tom Graveney

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Quevin Moises Castro - Signs
« on: July 14, 2021, 07:43:38 PM »
Welcome to the Good Ship Albion Quevin.

I wish you every success

Welcome aboard the Good Ship Albion.

I wish you great success

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Joe Masi
« on: July 14, 2021, 06:08:54 PM »
I enjoy reading Joseph Masi’s articles, albeit they may be a little bit behind the curve.

He is a young, up and coming journalist learning his trade, developing his contacts and gaining the confidence of those inside the club .

He needs the support of Albion fans that will give him leverage with the club and those with inside information.

Even John Percy had to start from the bottom and develop his career, gain the trust of clubs and the people of influence within the clubs.

I believe he is, at heart, an Albion fan and the club mean a lot  to him. So, good luck with your career Joseph and keep up the good work.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Club or Country?
« on: July 08, 2021, 06:49:11 PM »
I have no conflict of interest between club and country. I was born to a family of Albion Fans and was born an Englishman and I don’t have an issue with reconciling both.

When Albion play I want them to win, when they lose to the opposition it hurts. I feel similarly when England play,  as I do feel patriotic about my country and want England
to succeed against other nations football teams.

My affiliations to club and country are compatible, as we never play each other and rarely do game times conflict. So there is room in my football world for them both to coexist. I don’t get the “I want Albion to win a trophy over England winning a trophy” is that even hypothetical ? Greedy as it may appear, I want both to be successful.

Perhaps another question should have be “are you a Football fan or an Albion fan?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: June 24, 2021, 04:39:32 PM »
Joseph Masi Tweeted

“My first task is to implement a new identity that the fans can enjoy and one where they can see the players are there for each other and give everything to win games. We have a clear plan and vision of where we want to go." #wba

CEO Ken: "I am confident by working together we will be able to achieve our goal of returning to PL but our plans must look further into the future. For too long we have focused only on what is immediately in front of us. This means we have often neglected long-term aspirations."

Ken ctd: Player recruitment will be of the utmost importance. Valérien & I will immediately focus on preparing the squad for the new season, working together with Ian Pearce, our Head of Recruitment, to secure transfer targets who will strengthen us for the challenges ahead."#wba

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: June 24, 2021, 04:36:48 PM »
Joseph Masi Tweeted

“I feel really proud to have accepted this challenge and after talking with Ken about the project here, and how we would integrate a new identity, I’m ready to get to work. I feel a big responsibility but I’m ready for this job and I am delighted to be here." #wba

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: June 24, 2021, 04:35:15 PM »
Welcome aboard the Good Ship Albion Valérien, I wish you every success

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Valérien Ismaël - Head Coach
« on: June 24, 2021, 04:33:43 PM »
Joseph Masi Tweeted

BREAKING: Valerien Ismael is Albion's new head coach. He has signed a four year deal at The Hawthorns... #wba
Joseph Masi

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 21, 2021, 11:59:33 AM »
West Brom have triggered Valérien Ismaël's release clause at Barnsley. He is expected to be appointed the new manager within 48 hours. (Source: BBC Sport)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 18, 2021, 02:59:49 PM »

I think he deserves his own thread if this man is posting this

John Percy Tweeted

#wba have moved for Valérien Ismaël and want him as their new head coach. Talks ongoing with #BarnsleyFC. West Brom are prepared to pay the £2m buyout

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 18, 2021, 02:48:07 PM »
Do I sense an air of unity  8)
If so, and if it comes off, who gets the credit? Surely, Ken?

Me, as I asked Liam to include Valérien Ismaël in the poll in the first place and Ken obviously is a member of this forum. Both owe me finders fees  :D ;D 8) :o

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: June 16, 2021, 06:44:43 PM »
Rafael Benítez is on the verge of becoming the new Everton manager. (Source: @JimWhite)

General Football & Sports / Re: EURO 2020
« on: June 15, 2021, 09:53:12 PM »
Gary Neville Tweeted

The Premier Leagues use of VAR has made me doubt it. Watching this tournament makes me realise we’ve overcomplicated  it , mis-used it and thought we knew better than tournaments and countries that had used it before us . Used correctly It can work and not intrude on the game!

How right is he

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 15, 2021, 08:57:32 PM »
EXCLUSIVE: West Brom turn to China as miracle-worker wanted for top job

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 15, 2021, 06:31:37 PM »
Javier Pereria has had a few clubs in his time, mainly as assistant manager

« on: June 15, 2021, 06:28:33 PM »
Super League clubs Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus have all been told by UEFA that they will participate in next season's Champions League. (Source: @partidazocope)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager Thread
« on: June 15, 2021, 06:25:00 PM »
Sooty just Tweeted

Whilst I know Pulis has been considered and its not out the question..if you ask me do I think that he will be re-joining Albion as Head Coach my answer is No... Although as I understand are keen on Spaniard Javier Pereira #WBA #Baggies

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